It’s been a month and a half since I last posted. Since then, I’ve had a few family sessions and finished the (very long) fall semester. I will post a few favorites from those shoots shortly! Thanks for hanging with me through the lull.
I wanted to share some of what I’ve been working on in my 3rd photo class. All the assignments were self-assigned, which meant a scary amount of freedom. In the beginning, I focused on something that I had noticed was a common theme in my work: the behavior of light. Yes, very broad. I photographed a lot of shadows and light/dark.
I got bored with photographing “light,” due to the broadness of the concept I think. So, I decided to photograph a particular item that I had been noticing everywhere: chairs. I did the whole project on capturing the story of the chair. As I photographed, I found myself creating personalities for the chairs themselves and the people who once used them. Our class had a photo show and exhibition on campus, and I showed these prints!
After my chair project, I kept seeing abandoned chairs in weird places; but I was intrigued by the stories surrounding other objects as well. I decided to photograph all things abandoned, left, and forgotten. Of course, I had to throw a chair in there too, amongst the other things I found. :) AND, I photographed with color film for the first time for a project! As much as I am obsessed with black and white, I felt that the presence of color captured these stories much better. They focused less on the effects of light and more on the honest state in which each object was found.
These are some of my favorite people! Julie has been a part of my life since freshman year, when we were in small group together. I remember watching her fall in love with Zach, and them getting engaged and married. They’ll be celebrating their 1st year anniversary soon, and they wanted some pictures to celebrate this past year together! We had so much fun doing a little mini shoot at their first house. After, we ate some of Julie’s delicious white chili. Ever since then, I’ve been putting fresh cilantro in every possible food… I discovered it tastes great in rice and homemade jalapeño ranch. Beef chili? Not so much.
Ellie is 1! She’s the precious newborn I photographed last year. She is now very curious and into everything. :)
This past summer–when I actually had time to watch all the ridiculous shows on TLC–I saw a cake smash photography shoot on Cake Boss. (Buddy and his crew are not included in the list of ridiculousness, of course.) I thought it was cute, because messy kids are cute (clean up not included)! Well, a few months later, Ellie’s mom asked me to do a cake smash shoot! I was so excited, because I love trying new things with photography.
Ellie got a giant cupcake and tore it up! It looked like a lot of fun.
The sweetest part was when she shared some with her mommy!
I often feel like I’m just republishing God’s art when I take pictures. // There’s a bunch of postmodernist discussions in art school about how nobody can claim that they are original, nobody knows what’s true anymore (because of darkroom/Photoshop editing), and trying to create art is pointless because someone already did it. Well, if it is pointless, then why do we keep doing it? And if it’s all ultimately God’s, then am I plagiarizing by claiming photos as my own? Should I stop creating art because someone else already had my idea? Should people have to come up with a deep meaning for all of their pictures so their work is different from the work of others? Is it ok that the only thing that inspires me to take some is a desire to draw attention to the beauty and intricate details of creation or to capture the swiftness of a moment? // I don’t know that there’s any point to analyzing all of this and trying to somehow get ahead of it, but I am not going to worry about it. // I think God gave (lent) this world to us to steward. I think He is honored (as the first artist) when we point people back to Him through our art. So, if my photographs cause people to take a moment to appreciate His beauty and glorify Him, I think they’ve succeeded.
Please feel free to comment and tell me what you think.
Last year, I had the opportunity of taking my cousin, Alison’s senior pictures. This year, her sisters–Amia and Alexia–are seniors! We had lots of fun and many laughs discovering little nooks in a park in Louisville, KY.
They are both very photogenic, so this grouping of favorites is quite condensed! Here are the ones that made the 3rd cut! :)
The beautiful, poem-writing, book-loving, youngest sister, Alexia:
Both girls played soccer, so of course we took advantage of the free props at the park!
The beautiful, talented, amateur photographer, and older sister, Amia: